WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: The Harry Potter series
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: Nothing is scarier than a fear you grow up with. I’m a part of that lucky generation who got to read the Harry Potter books as they were released, and then re-live the experience all over again when the movies came out. I can still remember my first encounter of the strange bodiless figure whose dark presence struck terror into the lives of some of my favourite fictional characters, and the slow build of his power over the course of seven books (and eight movies) made it even worse. To go from an idea of danger to a real threat, to real physical pain, violence and death is the scariest thing I can think of because it takes your fear from the abstract to the real, and that’s what He Who Shall Not Be Named represents in the Harry Potter series. An evil so scary just saying his name is too much.
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: The Harry Potter movies are a series that I keep coming back to again and again because the story is brilliant. The characters have so much depth and the world of Hogwarts is so engaging that I just never want to stop re-living it. But one of the most compelling things about the story is the connection between the hero and the evil he is facing. The final scene is all about Harry recognizing the evil that lives within himself and being willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to destroy it. For an audience who has grown up with Harry and shared his life for seven years, we experience his fear as he walks to the forest, and the hopelessness he feels as he watches everyone around him die and suffer. It may be fantasy, but that evil is stronger than a lot of horror flicks I’ve seen. He Who Shall Not Be Named will live on as one of the creepiest nose-less villains of all time as we all continue to re-live the amazingness that is Harry Potter.